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Firestarter by Stephen King

Firestarter (original 1980; edition 1981)

by Stephen King

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Authors:Stephen King
Info:Signet (1981), Mass Market Paperback, 416 pages
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Firestarter by Stephen King (1980)


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This was a very good read. The story was a bit slow, but it kept my interest. Also, I really liked the ending. It was just perfect for the story. ( )
  LenaR0307 | May 30, 2016 |
Interesting book about a "special" girl and how her father tries to protect her. Good read. ( )
  biggs1399 | Jan 19, 2016 |
Andy McGee and his daughter Charlie are on the run from The Shop, a secret government agency. Andy and his now deceased wife took part in the trial of a drug, Lot Six, which gave them special powers and gave their daughter the power of pyrokenesis. The book was slow in spots which is why I didn't give it a higher rating. To me the book was most interesting during the time spent on the Manders farm and when Charlie is using her powers. ( )
  RachelNF | Jan 15, 2016 |
In the 1960s, Andy McGee volunteered to be the subject of a psychological experiment in which he was injected with an experimental hallucinogenic substance. He got two things out of that experience: a meeting with the woman who would be his wife, and an ability to influence people's minds. Now, he and his wife (who received some minor telekinetic abilities) have a daughter whose abilities far exceed either of theirs: she can start fires with her mind. And the evil government organization that originally ran the experiment is very, very interested in that little girl.

This was an OK read, not King's best and not his worst. It lacks any of the sense of creepiness that he sometimes does so well, but, although it's not exactly a taut novel, it also lacks the bloat that characterizes a lot of his later work. There are some nice, well-done details about the way the characters experience their psychic abilities, but other, larger, aspects of the story are far less convincing. And the whole premise has a slightly tired, entirely unoriginal feel to it that's unusual for King, although I suppose it was less of a cliche in 1980, when the novel was first published. ( )
2 vote bragan | Oct 13, 2015 |
Listened to this audiobook from the library, using Hoopla.

Classic King. Kinda horror, kinda scifi, kinda family in peril chase story. Book jumps right in, showing, main character Charlie and her father Andy, on the run from mysterious organization. We find that the organization is a secretive government organization (called the Shop) who want Andy and Charlie because they happen to have psychic powers. Charlie is the firestarter and Andy can "push" people with his mind to influence them (kinda like a cross between Scanners and the Force). In true King fashion, we jump back and forth to find out their backstory, where we learn that Andy and his future wife were part of a drug experiment when they were in college that gave them these psychic powers. When they later get married and have a child, we find that their abilities are passed along in full (and more) to their daughter.

Andy and Charlie are eventually captured and taking to a facility where they separate the two and try to find the secret to Charlie's ability and how they might control her. Needless to say, again in true King fashion, things come to a head and do not go well at all for the Shop. Its a good, fun, pulpy read. Just what you'd expect from 80's era Stephen King


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  mahsdad | Apr 27, 2015 |
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You are about to meet the sweetest, most irresistible little girl you've ever known - 8-year-old Charlie McGee.
She's everything that a proud father like Andy McGee could want - and all that he can fear. For Charlie was born with the most destructive power a human being has ever commanded - and somehow she must be saved from both herself and from those in high places who want to use her as their weapon.

Meet Charlie - and see what happens when innocence and beauty unite with evil and terro.
FIRESTARTER is the mesmerising and menacing story of a sinister government agency, a fateful drug experiment, and a pigtailed girl named Charlie, who has an unimaginably terrifying gift: the power of pyrokinesis.
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Her power's constrained!
No, just seems that way because
thermometers melt.


Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0451167805, Mass Market Paperback)

Innocence and beauty ignite with evil and terror as a young girl exhibits signs of a wild and horrifying force.

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Young Charlie McGee is a very special girl. The result of scientific experimentation on her parents, she has the ability to create fires wherever and whenever she chooses, by force of will alone. On the run from sinister government agents with her telekenetic father, she only wants to forget her monstrous abilities, and live a normal life. When the pair are captured, Charlie must decide between saving her father and using her fiery powers at the whim of a government only interested in using her ... as a weapon!… (more)

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